Whether you’re as seasoned a skier as Picabo Street, or you’ve only ever slid down the bunny hill on your bum, you’ll find slopes that fit your style just a few hours’ driving distance from Seattle. If you need a winter day escape from the city, here are just a few awesome options of where to ski near Seattle.
Mount Baker is one of the most popular ski resorts near Seattle. Known for its extreme inbounds terrain, great accessibility to backcountry skiing, and 15-year average of 701 inches of snowfall, it often earns the title of the world’s snowiest places. Its relatively low elevation means you’ll want to keep your eye on the weather—no one wants to ski in the rain—but it also means you won’t get winded after just one run. Mount Baker: Mt Baker Hwy, Deming, WA
The largest ski resort in the state, Crystal Mountain covers 2,600 acres and includes over 50 runs of varying difficulty. Just under an hour and a half away from the city, it’s a great place to take a kid who’s eager to learn how to shred. Crystal Mountain Ski Resort: 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd.; 360-663-2265
If you’re a seasoned skier and a little bit of a daredevil, Stevens Pass is where to ski near Seattle. Known for attracting younger, more adventurous crowds, it’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking to test your limits, and take on more advanced slopes. Stevens Pass: US-2, Skykomish, WA; 206-812-4510
If you’d rather skate and coast than catch mad air, Methow Valley is the place for you. With over 120-miles of machine-groomed cross-country ski trails, it’s an ideal day-trip for the endurance athlete. Methow Valley Ski Trails: 309 Riverside Ave.; 509-996-3287
Tucked into the basin on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, Mission Ridge has a little bit of something for everybody. It has a solid vertical rise of 2,250 feet, 36 trails accessible by four different lifts, rope tows for the kids, and chutes and bowls for the daredevils in your party. Mission Ridge Ski Area: 7500 Mission Ridge Rd.; 509-663-6543
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